Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we reviewed more subjunctive, and reviewed preterite and imperfect. The student finished all her graded assignments, and will take her test this week or the beginning of next. We also briefly discussed pronunciations for different vowel-consonant combinations."
"We reviewed for her test today. The material is review from last year: possessive adjectives, present tense conjugations with reflexive verbs, and IOPs with gustar-like verbs. She does pretty well with present tense verbs and reflexive pronouns. We reviewed some vocabulary."
"The student shows great skill for Spanish at her level and clearly worked hard last class. Her skills are better than she realizes. Her teacher offers little structure currently but hopefully soon this will improve. Classes are held in conversation mostly (orally), and the student needs more practice speaking/ responding in Spanish. I will try to help link speaking with writing and reviewing concepts of the language to tie together the learning and make it longer term."
"Today we went over irregulars in the preterite tense, as well as the difference between preterite and irregular tenses."
"During this session, the student and I discussed the quiz that he took last week. Nearly all of the mistakes that he made was with conjugating verbs in the preterite. So this is something that we will need to work on. Practicing these verbs will be key for future tests. As a "to-do" for our next session, I have asked him to go through the verbs that he missed on the test and conjugate them in both the present and preterite first without studying or reviewing any material. From there, I would like for him to look up the correct conjugations and cross reference his answers. This will help us to see where we need to focus on the verbs for the upcoming sessions. On Monday, he has a vocabulary quiz. He mentioned that it would be strictly vocabulary, but I mentioned that it would be best to confirm with the teacher whether or not any grammar would be included. From there, we focused the majority of the night on the vocabulary for his quiz. The student also made flashcards of the words that he did not know and we went over those again. Additionally, we did practice conjugating some of the verbs that were on his vocabulary list such as obtener and emocionarse, just to get a head start in case conjugation will be required for the quiz. With more practice with verbs and grammar, I feel confident that we can increase his grade in the class."
"In this session we continued the review of the camping-related vocabulary. I also helped the student review some of her homework and do a few extra practice pages in her workbook. To prepare for a quiz that she has on Friday we also did conversational practice where I asked her questions about the last time she went camping, including who she went with, what she saw, activities that she did, etc. I can tell she has a firm grasp on the chapter vocabulary."